Sweater Weather

Sweater - Nakd | Jeans - Flea Market (Lee Jeans) | Boots - Thrifted

Last night we had a guest teacher who taught Afro-Haitian/Cuban dance. It’s always so nice to dance in different styles - a welcomed challenge. My back is so sore! I’ve spent the majority of the day studying but I slept in (for the first time since Rio!) and went on a nice park walk with my sissy for a little break mid-day. I’m currently at a coffee shop downtown and will head home soon. Does anyone else have so much trouble studying at home? I’ve always had to get out of the house if I want to maintain concentration. 

Ontem à noite tivemos um professor convidado que ensinou dança afro-haitiana / cubana. É sempre bom dançar em estilos diferentes - um desafio bem-vindo. Minhas costas estão tão doloridas! Eu passei a maior parte do dia estudando, mas eu dormi (pela primeira vez desde o Rio!) E fui em um belo parque andar com minha maricas para um pequeno intervalo no meio do dia. Atualmente, estou em um café no centro da cidade e voltarei para casa em breve. Alguém mais tem dificuldade em estudar em casa? Eu sempre tive que sair de casa se quisesse manter a concentração.

Garden Grow

Hey hey. These photos were taken before I went to dance class yesterday. By the time I got out of class a huge storm had begun. About halfway through my bus-ride it was pouring so hard that I couldn’t see clearly out the windows and water started to leak from the emergency hatch in the roof. I ran to the grocery store and then came home, completely soaked. I took a long hot shower and then was going to start cooking when all the power went out. I ended up spending the evening listening to podcasts … it was the only thing I could think to do without any internet or light! It reminded me of evenings with my grandma when she would stretch on a beach towel in the living room and listen to the radio. On my way to the gym this morning I noticed a few capsized trees and then I saw on the news that five people died in Rio yesterday due to extreme flooding in some parts of the city.  So much of Rio isn’t built to withstand common tropical storms and it’s so sad when people pay the price. I am getting out of town for the weekend tomorrow. I’m staying at an Airbnb in a little beach town close to Rio. I thought it would be nice to have some time to myself away from the city to reflect on this trip and just enjoy the last bits of Brazil, until next time. 

Ei ei. Essas fotos foram tiradas antes de eu ir para a aula de dança ontem. Quando saí da aula, uma tempestade enorme começou. Mais ou menos na metade do meu trajeto de ônibus estava derramando tanto que não consegui enxergar com clareza as janelas e a água começou a vazar da escotilha de emergência do teto. Corri até a mercearia e depois voltei para casa completamente encharcado. Tomei um longo banho quente e depois comecei a cozinhar quando a energia acabou. Acabei passando a noite ouvindo podcasts ... era a única coisa que eu conseguia pensar sem internet ou luz! Isso me lembrou de noites com minha avó quando ela iria esticar em uma toalha de praia na sala de estar e ouvir o rádio. No meu caminho para a academia esta manhã eu notei algumas árvores emborcadas e então vi no noticiário que cinco pessoas morreram no Rio ontem devido a inundações extremas em algumas partes da cidade. Muito do Rio não é construído para resistir a tempestades tropicais comuns e é muito triste quando as pessoas pagam o preço. Estou saindo da cidade para o fim de semana de amanhã. Estou hospedado em um Airbnb em uma pequena cidade de praia perto do Rio. Eu achei que seria legal ter um tempo longe da cidade para refletir sobre essa viagem e aproveitar os últimos momentos do Brasil, até a próxima.

xx

Mariamma

Headed to São Paulo

Silk Scarf - Mamma | Top - Boohoo | Earrings - Vintage

A quick update! I am headed to São Paulo this morning to visit Leah. She is thinking of moving here to Rio for the Summer so I thought I’d take advantage of her still being there for a visit. I’ll be back Monday, hopefully with some awesome photos and stories to share!

Uma atualização rápida! Eu estou indo para São Paulo esta manhã para visitar Leah. Ela está pensando em se mudar para o Rio para o verão, então eu pensei em tirar vantagem dela ainda estar lá para uma visita. Eu voltarei na segunda-feira, espero que com algumas fotos e histórias incríveis para compartilhar!

xx

Mariamma

Something Saturday

Dress - Forever 21

Hey babes! It is a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I stayed up late chatting and drinking wine with Ana so I slept in this morning. It was supposed to be rainy today but at the moment it is hot and all blue skies! You never know with the tropics though. It could be pouring in 20 minutes. I started a gym membership this week and I’ve been feeling so good. I took about a month off after I moved out of Long Beach and I thought that maybe walking in the mornings and going to dance twice a week would be sufficient. I was wrong haha! I was feeling so antsy. One day I walked three miles to dance class, took an hour and a half class, and then walked home and still wasn’t sore the next day. That’s when I decided to get a membership … which was a bit tricky without a CPF (Brazilian ID number). The walk there is so pretty too so I’m getting my morning walk AND some sore glutes, so I’m happy! Hope you have a lovely Saturday! 

Ei babes! É uma linda tarde de sábado. Eu fiquei acordada até tarde conversando e bebendo vinho com Ana, então dormi esta manhã. Era suposto estar chuvoso hoje mas no momento está quente e todo o céu azul! Você nunca sabe com os trópicos embora. Pode estar derramando em 20 minutos. Eu comecei uma associação de academia esta semana e estou me sentindo muito bem. Eu levei cerca de um mês de folga depois que eu saí de Long Beach e pensei que talvez andar de manhã e ir dançar duas vezes por semana seria suficiente. Eu estava errado haha! Eu estava me sentindo tão ansioso. Um dia eu andei três milhas até a aula de dança, levei uma hora e meia e depois fui para casa e ainda não estava dolorido no dia seguinte. Foi aí que decidi conseguir uma assinatura ... o que foi um pouco complicado sem um CPF (número de identidade brasileiro). A caminhada até lá é tão bonita, então eu estou fazendo minha caminhada matinal e alguns glúteos doloridos, então estou feliz! Espero que você tenha um lindo sábado!

xoxo

Mariamma

Organized?

Boots - Forever 21 | Shorts - Zara | Blouse - Anine Bing

Hey babes! The last three weeks have been so eventful and the only way to properly document it would be to do a daily post - which I obviously didn't do - so I have no idea where to start right now. This is a special moment in my life, as all moments are haha, and I would really like to be either blogging or journaling daily so I have something to look back on. I feel like I've gotten very good at appreciating exactly where I am and being aware of each moment's importance in what comes next. However, I am not properly sinking my teeth into capturing it due solely to my lack of organization at the moment. I go through phases of extreme organization and extreme disorder and I am definitely amidst the later. I have so many things on my to-do list everyday that it seems like a big daunting mountain. So far I've been procrastinating until the very last second for all these tasks. I get them done, but with seconds to spare. I would like to be more organized so that Mariamma a month from now isn't STRESSED. I have no regrets about the amount of fun I have had heaped on my plate lately, but it's time to get rid of some of these little thought bubbles that are starting to make the fun feel a little less free. I have an amazing Catalina post coming your way so stay tuned for that. And wish me luck decluttering my physical and mental spaces! 

xx 

Mariamma

July 4th

My friend Alli came all the way from North Hollywood to spend the fourth with me in Long Beach. We were originally going to head down to Laguna Beach, which is where she grew up, but her mom had house guests and there wasn't going to be room for us. Instead she came to me and it was so nice. She said she hadn't been to Long Beach since she was seven and didn't have good memories so she was pleasantly surprised. The day got off to a great start when she magically found a parking spot right in front of my apartment. Then we headed down to the beach where we walked, talked, and of course, people-watched. All that sunshine got us scheming about dinner and we ended up going to Saint & Second which was so delicious! The cocktails too! After that we headed back to my place and opened a bottle of wine and watched some of the fireworks on the roof before heading down to the beach again to dance around in the sand and see them a little closer. Such a nice day ... 

xx 

Mariamma

Mars

Jumpsuit - Vintage | Sunglasses - Ray Ban | Boots - Lucky Brand

Mission to the desert! I really love how these photos came out. My cousin Cheyanna took all of them. She has such a good eye! In actuality Joshua Tree was so windy. My jumpsuit matched the rocks and all but really we were just trying to find a large hill that would block some of the wind! I start to feel like I'm going crazy when I'm having to squint and my hair is being blown everywhere and car doors won't stay open and ... all worth the photos later haha. I went to they gym today after work at 6:30, forgetting that it closes at 7, so I didn't really get my yayas out. I have to wake up early for a long shift tomorrow so I'm off to bed! More photos from my trip to come!

smooches on smooches

Mariamma

Lace & Denim

Lace Top - Victoria's Secret | Denim Dress - Thrifted | Boots - Free People

Hey hey! I hope you're doing well! I've a had a really nice couple days off. It started off with a movie/wine night in the bathtub. This has become one of my (not so guilty) pleasures. It's been quite chilly considering summer is around the corner and sometimes I just crave to be warmed to the bones, which a bath provides! The wine and movie just make it that much nicer. I tend to overheat quickly too so the movie or show distracts me and allows me to stay in a bit longer. You should try it ;). I've been to the gym both days I had off too. I was so sore this morning from yesterday but I still went to a Butt/Belly/Thighs workout class this morning. I don't think it would have been very hard if I hadn't been SO sore. It felt good to move all that lactic acid through my system though and I rolled out my muscles a bit on a foam roller after class. Afterwards I went to get a smoothie. Did you guys know that Jamba Juice has a 'secret' menu? I thought I'd try one that was recommended called the "Red Gummy." It was a little too sweet for me but it did taste so much like a gummy bear! I'll probably stick with my favorite Peanut Butter Banana one ;). 

xx

Mariamma

Good Read

I am attempting to start a new book. As a kid I was such an avid reader. I remember being so interested in books that I would wake up in the middle of the night and crouch next to a lamp on the floor to get a little more time reading. It's frustrating now that books tend to just put me to sleep. I've said quite a bit that, "When I'm actually an adult I'll read every day before bed," rather than watch TV or scroll through Instagram. So I have yet to reach full adulthood. I have heard so many things about how using screens right before bed isn't ideal and I'd love to start a healthier habit. This week I will read before bed even if it just makes me sleepy. It's also occurred to me that maybe I should find some more enthralling books haha. 

xx 

Mariamma

Anza-Borrega

Feliz Friday y'all! I don't have much planned for the rest of the day except some house projects. I'm currently at a coffee shop on 2nd street and I'm planning on picking up a painting that needed the glass fixed in the frame on my way home. A couple months back I did a post about spray-painting the frames of four pieces of artwork that I bought at the flea market. They are a set and I wanted to hang them in a certain formation together but the beams in the wall were going to make that tricky. The guy at the hardware store convinced me to buy this heavy-duty, double-sided adhesive that could hold up to 300 lbs (supposedly) to the wall. Long story short, one of them fell off of the wall (in the middle of the night I might add) and shattered. I took the rest down fearing the same fate and finally got around to getting it fixed. Now I can hang them all the old-fashioned way haha. 

Sometimes simple is better. Lesson learned. 

xo 

Mariamma

Visitor

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I hope you all had a nice weekend. I just wrapped up mine with a steaming hot, candle-lit bath and I'm feeling particularly pampered. This last week my friend Hannah came to spend the day with me. We first met during my year in Rio de Janeiro and she currently lives in San Francisco. The last time I was up there to go to the Solange concert with my friend Christina we didn't get to see each other, so I'm so glad it worked out this time around! We walked seven miles along the beach together just catching up and soaking in the rare warm day. It's always so nice to catch up with old friends! Thanks for a lovely visit Miss Hannah! 

Mariamma

Jungle Haus

Happy Friday folks! Today is my Sunday so-to-speak. There are free yoga classes outside overlooking the ocean every weekday at 11 in Long Beach and I've been going on my days off for the past month. It's becoming a bit of a habit which is nice.  I brought my computer and some documents with me so I could do my taxes at a coffee shop afterwards but I just realized I'm missing a W-2 form so I'll blog now ... do taxes later. I was scheduled last week for eight days straight and I was SO tired by the end of the week. I feel like I still need more sleep. Maybe nap then taxes ;). 

Sombrero

Hey hey! I just got back from getting my nails fixed. I went over to my friend Linda's house after work and her dog jumped up on me and broke a nail haha. I came home to grab a jacket before I bike to dance class in 30 min. Even though I get to be active at work I have been feeling so antsy. I need to be exercising more! My long walks on the beach are lovely, but they're not satisfying my need to sweat! A new gym is opening up around the corner though so that may be a good option. I wish there were more dance studios in DTLB! 

xoxo 

Mariamma

Valentine's Day

Top - Express | Shorts - Thrifted | Over-the-Knee Boots - Free People | Jacket - Thrifted

Photos by KDotPhotography 

Happy belated V-day you filthy animals! I know that a lot of people find this day cheesy af ... I'm one of them ... but at the same time, who cares?! Let's just all be cheese-balls and be down for a day that promotes showing appreciation for the ones you love! You don't have to do it with even one gift, just spend that time :). I had a lovely little evening in Hyland Park (first time there) going to an M. Ward show that gave me tingles at one point. It's fun to get a little dressed up and go be moved by some music. 

I hope you had a wonderful day then and are having a wonderful day now. 

Cheers to happy holidays that don't preside in December. 

xx 

Mariamma

La Palma

Vintage Jacko Jeans - LB Flea Market | 90s Booties - Thrifted | Vintage Belt - Thrifted | White Tee - Hanes

This has been a lovely week! Before heading back to Las Vegas for Christmas, my friend Brittany threw an epic dinner party that turned into an all night dance-o-thon when we took it to Pine Street. My next morning at work wasn't pretty, but it was worth it ;). I had dinner with my friend Elly at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles. It was both of our first times there and I am definitely a fan. We serve a gourmet version of the Southern classic at work but I've been antsy to try the original. It was nice to catch up and show her my place as well. My mom came into town a couple days ago and will be staying with me 'til Christmas, then we have a room booked for three nights at a fancy hotel across from the beach and I have all three days off to enjoy the stay-cation! Working for Marriott has some definite perks! I developed a bit of a cold today so I'm already daydreaming about the hot tub. 

Cheers to a lovely end to 2017, and hope on the horizon that 2018 will be the best one yet! 

xoxo 

Mariamma

Bay Area

This weekend I headed to The Bay to visit my friend Xtina and see Solange play a life altering show at the Greek Theatre. Christina and I danced together in high school so we go way back. I stayed with her in Oakland and we did a lot of exploring - visiting Lake Merritt, Berkeley, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Bridge, and took a dance class (that I am still SO sore from) in the Mission District. We ate really well along the way too. All in all it was a pretty perfect weekend. 

xoxo 

Mariamma

Solange photo cred to @shelbymayes, @itgoesanandanand, and @rchlstl <3

Fire & Ice

Ayyy bae bae. So much new! I moved into my own place this week and life is GOOD! I am living in downtown Long Beach, three blocks from work (a seven minute stroll), and three blocks from the beach! It has an amazing view and most my new coworkers live in the same hood too. I literally haven't driven and haven't needed to for the past three days. I can walk EVERYWHERE! I feel so so so grateful that this gypsy summer of mine is ending on such a high note. A space that is all mine and so fine. 

New life who dis?!

 It's Mariamma b*tches.

Peaches & Cream

I just sat down and had a delicious vermicelli rice noodle salad, complete with tofu and about a pound of sriracha. It's funny to think back to sriracha being spicy for me. I eat it like ketchup now. Ridiculous, but I think my worth as a woman is tied up in my ability to eat spicy food. It's something I'm proud of. My friend Francesca's mom told me last night that she can't handle eating chilis anymore. She said that when she was a teenager her mom would make a pork chili verde dish and one time she made it so spicy that it burnt a hole in the tupperware and did something similar to her esophagus. I hope I  never reach a point where my body says no but my mouth says yaaaas. Peaches and cream may not be a very fitting title for this post after all :). 

hoping you're happy, 

Mariamma